Before his death he tells Hannay a dangerous secret. Now Hannay 's.
The plot immediately captures the reader who's not allowed to quit the reading and dies to know how the story's going to end. The Thirty-nine Steps, by John Buchan is a spy classic entirely worthy of its genre and will delight modern day readers with its complicated plot. It is also notable for being the literary progenitor of the spook novel that typically features the secret operative on the run, determined to unravel a world domination plot. The fifth chapter of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps documents the transformation of protagonist Richard Hannay into his fourth disguise.